Saturday & Sunday, September 16th and 17th
INSTRUCTOR: Kiko Denzer
Build a wood-fired oven using the earth beneath your feet. We’ll cover all the basics of building with this most wonderful and ubiquitous of materials — aka “cob,” “adobe,” “rammed earth,” “wattle & daub,” or just the best stuff ever. Starting with foundations, we’ll cover material ID, testing, sourcing, mixing, shaping, firing, and heat dynamics. We’ll build a quick mini oven to get started, and then build a super-insulated version that can hold heat for hours — even days. There will also be time to talk about cooking in a wood-fired oven — especially bread! (natcherly leavened) — and pizza.
- Materials & properties: material ID, testing, & sourcing; mixing, shaping, sculpting.
- Heat: mass, insulation, conduction, resistance
- Building the oven, from foundation to finish
- Quick mini-ovens you can build in an hour
- Principles & steps for whole-grain, naturally leavened bread
- Fire, heat, temperature, cooking: managing fuel and making fire
- Heating the oven: fuel, firing, efficiency
- Baking in the oven: time, temperature, measurement
LOCATION: Aprovecho Outdoor Kitchen
TUITION: Early Bird (Registered/Paid by August 15th) $200; After August 15th $250; Last Minute (after September 1st): $285
ABOUT KIKO: I grew up with an artist mom who got me started making things pretty early. At 17, I went to Italy to carve marble; in college, I studied history and politics, and after graduation, I worked as a city bureaucrat in Boston, did carpentry on a remodeling crew, community outreach for food co-ops, managed a community newsletter, taught college students, and worked with various non-profit community developers. I quit my last day job more than 20 years ago to begin an advanced course in the arts of growing food, building with earth, raising a family, and most recently, carving green wood into spoons, bowls, and other useful objects. I also write and publish books, teach workshops, and do contract work. My motto for teaching came from my mom, who got it from Aristotle: “what we learn to do, we learn by doing.” In an age so dominated by social MEEEEEdia, TV, movies, the written word, and addictive consumerism, it can be very hard to live up to such a motto, but I sincerely think that it’s the best and most joyful option available. I wrote a book entitled, Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-Cost Wood-Fired Mud Oven, Simple Sourdough Bread, Perfect Loaves, published by Hand Print Press in 2007.